Monday, October 17th, 2011

The JFK/OWS Connection

You catch that thing on Friday where the New York Times brought together an Occupy Wall Street protester and a Wall Street broker to discuss the issues? (For the purposes of this post let's pretend that you did.) Well, if the protester seemed a little familiar (again, just go with it), there's a good reason: he's the guy who jumped the baggage carousel at JFK at the beginning of the year. We chatted with him back in February. Small world!

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Astigmatism (#1,950)

Normally I'm not so big on the "Corporate media is out to destroy the protestors and protect their Wall Street overseers" argument – particularly given the ideological predilections of my journalist friends – but the NYT really could not have picked a pair of subjects that more embodied the tea party's fever dream of the Occupy Wall Street protests: ordinary guy from Brooklyn who provides for his wife and young kids by working 13 hours a day as a broker, vs. barefoot trustafarian child of left-coast lawyers who can afford to rent in Manhattan without an apparent job.

Next time can they pair a hard-working recently laid off teacher supporting a disabled vet husband with a French Goldman Sachs trader who drives a Ferrari and doesn't know who at Scores gave him gonorrhea? That only seems fair.

Abe Sauer (#148)

@Astigmatism This thing.

Titania (#8,471)

So this is Ted Hall, representative of Occupy Wall Street, on the record? "The NYPD was very respectful toward me. My experience with the police was ideal. I felt like they were looking out for me. Incredible, awesome people."

The times, they are a'changin, indeed.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I thought his name was Bard.

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